Several K-12 schools, as well as local area colleges serve Goodyear residents. With high performance report card ratings and the active pursuit to attain exemplary post-secondary institutions for learning, Goodyear is constantly striving to maintain excellence.
In addition, the City of Goodyear has been proactively recruiting private institutions of higher education and has been having talks with Arizona State University about a future Goodyear campus. Goodyear welcomed its first excellent private institution of post-secondary education to the community in 2008 - Franklin Pierce University from New Hampshire. In June 2009, Franklin Pierce began their Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program in Goodyear. Franklin Pierce's Goodyear center also offers a series of online undergraduate and graduate programs.
The presence of this private university represents the culmination of a concerted effort by the Goodyear City Council and staff to bring smaller, private schools of higher education to Goodyear to round out our quality of life and fill an educational niche that is lacking in Arizona.
Local area institutes for higher learning include Estrella Mountain Community College (part of Maricopa Community College District), Arizona State University-West Campus, Grand Canyon University, Midwestern University-Glendale and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Other valley-wide offerings are Arizona State University, DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management,and the University of Phoenix each providing a variety of accelerated academic and occupational programs. Additionally, Park University, located on Luke AFB, is a four-year institution that provides reduced tuition to military, their dependents as well as civilians living in the surrounding communities.
Goodyear residents are served by four elementary school districts (Avondale, Liberty, Litchfield & Mobile), two high school districts (Agua Fria Union & Buckeye Union). With a K-12 student body nearing 10,000 students, every school in Goodyear is meeting the standards set forth by No Child Left Behind. Additionally, the schools are meeting the AZ Learns standards with the highly respected rankings of performing and highly performing.